Nevada Historical Society History Conference

Nevada Historical Society History Conference 2015

Thinking Beyond Nevada's Borders: Western History in New Perspectives

Our theme is year is Thinking Beyond Nevada's Borders: Western History in New Perspectives” that considers the potential relationships and interactions between people and entities that transcend Nevada's borders.  

Make sure to sign up for this informative History Conference.

Fees are $20 for the General Public, $15 for Museums Members and $10 for students.

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Conference Schedule Friday, September 25th, 2015

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Check in for presenters.

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Reception (CHANGING GALLERY) – Limited Seating is available.


Conference Guest Speaker, Dr. Diana Ahmad
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Lecture by Conference Guest Speaker, Diana L. Ahmad, PhD – author and Professor of History at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (RESEARCH LIBRARY)

Diana L. Ahmad is an historian of the nineteenth-century American West focusing on the vice, as well as on traditional overland trails history. Her current book manuscript, “Success depends on the Animals: Emigrants, Livestock, and Wild Animals on the Overland Trails, 1840-1869, is currently under submission.

Conference Schedule Saturday, September 26th, 2015

8:30am – 9:00am – Admission and Refreshments (CHANGING GALLERY)

9:00am – 4:45pm – Lectures (RESEARCH LIBRARY) – Limited Seating is available.

9:00am – 9:20am: “The Boundaries of Being a Nevadan: National Reputation and Exceptionalism,” by Michael Green, PhD – author and Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

9:25am – 9:45am: “New Perspectives for Native American Western History: Preparing the Western Shoshone Defense Project Records, a New Primary Source at the University of Nevada, Reno” by Jacquelyn Sundstrand, Associate Professor and Manuscripts and Archives librarian, University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department.

9:50am – 10:10am: “The Inside Story of the National Judicial College” by June Wisniewski, author and researcher.

10:15am-10:30am – Break

10:35am-10:55am: “C.D. Baker and the Rise of Las Vegas” by Eugene P. Moehring, PhD – author and Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

11:00am-11:20am: “Mining Mercury and Tungsten in 1950s Nevada” by John M. Gomes, retired mining engineer, Mineral County.

11:25am-11:45am: “Sisters All! Tonopah’s Women go to War, 1914-1918” by Phillip I. Earl, author and Curator of History, Emeritus – Nevada Historical Society.

11:50-1pm – Lunch on your own

1:00pm – 4:45pm – Lectures (RESEARCH LIBRARY) – Limited Seating is available.

Moderated Panel: Managing Nevada Land and Livestock (Commentator: William Rowley, PhD – Professor of History, University of Nevada, Reno

1:00pm-1:20pm: “America’s Forest and Range Outback: Science and Land Management in Nevada, 1910-1930” by Ryan Powell, PhD Candidate, Director of History Department Writing Center, and History Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno.

1:25pm-1:45pm: “Reno at the Races: Sporting Life versus Progressive Reform” by Emerson Marcus, State Historian, Nevada National Guard.

1:50pm-2:10pm: “Washoe Redux: Territory, Sovereignty, and Anthropologists” by Edan Strekal, Project Archivist at the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections and University Archives, and Instructor of Core Humanities, University of Nevada, Reno.

2:15pm-2:35pm: “Resistance to “the Hoofed Locusts:” Nevada’s Response to Sheep on the Public Ranges, 1889-1903” by Iker Saitua, PhD Candidate, Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.

2:45pm-3:00pm – Break

3:00pm – 3:20pm: “Constructing Back Country Wilderness: The Sierra Club and the Clair Tappaan Lodge at Donner Summit” by Kimberly J. Roberts, M.A., Photograph Curator – Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno.

3:25pm – 3:45pm: “Mystery on the Mainline: What Wrecked the “City of San Francisco?” by Christopher MacMahon, student – California State University Channel Islands History Department.

3:50pm – 4:10pm: “Then & Now: On the Road with Sheriff Logan After All These Years” by Jackie Boor, author – LOGAN: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman (2014).

4:15pm – 4:45pm: “The Nevada Historical Society Quarterly — Past, Present, and Future” by John Reid, PhD – Quarterly Editor-in-Chief and Chair for History, Political Science, and Law Department at TMCC, Reno.